Tuesday, 18 December 2018
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Canadian man sentenced to 42 months in prison for illegally exporting military tech to Iran

Ghobad Ghasempour, a 38-year-old Canadian, was arrested March 2017 when he left B.C. through the Peace Arch crossing at Blaine, Wash.

A Canadian national has been sentenced in the United States to three-and-a-half years in prison for conspiracy to export military goods to Iran. RICHARD LAM / PNG

A Canadian national has been sentenced in the United States to three-and-a-half years in prison for conspiracy to export military goods to Iran.

Ghobad Ghasempour, a 38-year-old Canadian, was arrested March 2017 when he left B.C. through the Peace Arch crossing at Blaine, Wash.

A Homeland Security Investigations probe found that Ghasempour had been using front companies in China and working with co-conspirators in Iran, Turkey and Portugal to illegally export restricted tech products and military supplies to Iran’s department of defense.

Further investigation found that Ghasempour and his co-conspirators had been exporting or attempting to export items to Iran as far back as 2011 by falsifying shipping documents and lying to U.S. manufacturers by claiming the items were bound for customers in Turkey and Portugal. The Iranian customers paid the front companies run by Ghasempour and an associate.

Some of the items being illegally exported included a microscopic tape measure used for measuring liquid coatings and parts used in smart phones and missiles, an inertial guidance system test table used to test the accuracy of gyroscopes in commercial and military airplanes, and thermal imaging cameras used in commercial security and military drones.

Ghasempour pleaded guilty in April 2018 and on Aug. 20 last week, a Washington state judge sentenced Ghasempour to 42 months in prison.

During the sentencing a judge noted that Ghasempour was motivated by greed and money and that his exports were intended for “the Department of Defense for Iran – the very group that would be the most harmful to the United States.”

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Source: https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/canadian-man-sentenced-to-42-months-in-prison-for-illegally-exporting-military-tech-to-iran/wcm/d69bcef0-1b57-44a7-8d13-4fd32701e6f9

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